HarperCollins scoops 'no-holds-barred look' at anaesthesia

HarperCollins scoops 'no-holds-barred look' at anaesthesia

HarperCollins Ireland and HarperNonFiction have scooped a "a no-holds-barred look" at anaesthesiology from Dr Colin Black in his book Gas Man.

Publisher Conor Nagle acquired world all language rights from the author. The book will be published on 2nd September 2021.

Dr Black is a consultant paediatric anaesthetist with a special interest in anaesthesia for congenital heart disease, and has worked in hospitals across Ireland and the UK. The publisher said: "Black guides us into the realm of what happens between conking out and waking up on the operating table and what the anaesthetist has to do with it all. This is his journey from accidental medical student to HSE and NHS trainee and, finally, consultant paediatric anaesthetist at the largest children’s hospital in Ireland, where any given day could end in laughter or tears – and that’s just the staff. Razor-sharp and forthright, Gas Man is a disarming and frequently hilarious account of life in one of the most fascinating and thrilling professions at medicine’s frontline, where every day is a heady cocktail of severe pressure, poignancy, and profound social awkwardness."

Black said: "I did some writing in school but decided to play it safe and get a ‘sensible’ job. So after a short 16 years of training to become a consultant paediatric anaesthetist, I’ve accidentally fulfilled a dream and written a book about my first year as a consultant. What I always knew, though, was that nobody understands my job and that hospitals are full of amazing patients and people. Gas Man explores the unique world of anaesthesia and the operating theatre, and I'm delighted to have it released with HarperCollins this autumn."

Nagle added: "We are delighted to be publishing such a charming and insightful memoir. Colin Black’s writing has the ability to draw you into the world of an anaesthetist, with all the highs and lows that the job entails, moving from humour to poignancy in a single sweep of the pen. Gas Man is an incredible and engaging book that we couldn’t be prouder to publish."